Everything you need to Know



Xbox Series X isn’t the future; it’s the incredibly tantalising, slightly out-of-reach present. With Microsoft’s nextgen baby out in a matter of months, Specs-IT lifts the lid on the most powerful console of all time.


From ray tracing to 8K; from variable rate shading to 120fps gaming – this ultra powerful system is providing cutting-edge features that, historically, only super expensive PCs could deliver. 


With new tech, an updated controller and a firm commitment to put gamers front and centre, whether they’re upgrading to Series X or sticking with Xbox One, the future has never been more exciting for Team Green fans.


Strap yourselves in as we take you for the ultimate next-gen ride….


POWER REDEFINED

EXAMINING XBOX SERIES X’s KILLER AMD INSIDES

 

Say hello to the most powerful Xbox ever made. Thanks to a series of incredible components, Series X offers a true generational leap over existing consoles. With 12 teraflops of raw polygon-pushing power provided by AMD’s latest Navi-based graphics processing unit (or GPU), Microsoft’s monster is twice as powerful as Xbox One X, and incredibly, eight times more powerful than the original Xbox One.

 

Purpose-built to deliver rock-solid gameplay at resolutions of 4K and potentially even above, Xbox Series X games will look sharper and run more smoothly than ever before. With a custom AMD Zen 2 processor boasting eight cores and 16 threads, Series X’s CPU is stupidly quick. Not only will this allow developers to stream in visual assets faster – reducing the likelihood of pop-in and other graphical hitches – it should lead to higher frame rates. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has confirmed the console is capable of running games at a ludicrous 120fps, which is double the refresh rate at which even the fastest games on Xbox One X run.

 

Throw in AMD’s monstrous GPU that’s based on sophisticated RDNA 2 architecture, and you’re left with a next-gen console that’s all set to deliver the most visually spectacular games ever made. Xbox Series X is a 4K, lightning-fast dream machine, and no true Team Green fan will be able to resist it.

TALKING TERAFLOPS

BREAKING DOWN THE GRAPHICS – PUSHING TECH TERM

 

What is a teraflop? For those of you who aren’t tech savvy, it’s a fair question. Xbox Series X has 12 of these, double that of Xbox One X. That figure ensures the next-gen console can harness 4K-pushing power smoothly. Jason Ronald, partner director of program management, explains a teraflops…

 

” Teraflops is an easy way to describe the power of the system and the GPU. But in reality, we view power much more expansively than just teraflops itself. We’ve put a lot of innovation into Xbox Series X, and the real magic is going to be the integration between hardware and software. “

 

THE HERTZ LOCKER

SERIES X CHANGES THE GAME WITH 120 HZ SUPPORT

 

Xbox Series X is the first console to support 120Hz, which is a pretty big deal… providing you know what a hertz is. Simply put, it’s a unit of frequency that’s equal to one cycle per second. 

 

In gaming terms, hertz is directly tied to framerate; a television that supports 60Hz is capable of displaying games at 60fps.

 

While all modern sets support 60Hz, in the past, 120Hz signals have generally only been supported by PC monitors. Thankfully, more and more TVs (albeit expensive ones) now support 120Hz, like the LG’s C8 OLED or the Samsung NU8000. That’s good news because Xbox Series X is capable of outputting games at 120fps. 

 

While 4K/120fps is probably an unrealistic target for Series X games, don’t be surprised if some studios offer 120fps at lower resolutions via a Shadow Of The Tomb Raider-aping ‘performance mode’

SPEED KILLS

WHY SERIES X’S SSD IS A GAME-CHANGER

 

 

They may sound worryingly like an infection, but SSDs really are killer tech components. Solid-state drives boast far faster read/write speeds than traditional hard drives. What’s the practical in-game application, you ask? Faster loading times, baby! Much faster, in many cases. Unlike Xbox One, Series X comes with a built-in SSD. 

 

And it’s not just any old solid-state drive. Microsoft’s next-gen console sports a speedy NVMe SSD. Not only will games load more quickly, but in an interview with PC Games Hardware, Phil Spencer confirmed the console’s drive can deliver in-game benefits that go beyond slashing load times. “The ability to directly supply data to the CPU and GPU via the SSD will enable game worlds to be created that will not only be richer, but also more seamless.

 

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